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ruud: re: Stefanie I also say

Stefanie you where happy about it, right? That was enough payment.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

mbaldock.direct: Surely he is not 61 part 2

Every single song took Steve back to his 20s again, and on stage he really looked like he had been stuck in Never Never Land - no, not with Michael Jackson - as a breathtaking energy (thanks Coast of Amalfi...) permeated through his veins and gave him what he deserved; the finest musical spectacle and performance that has graced Symphony Hall. The Times review stated he was 61...I watched and hope that when I reach that age, that energy, power and submission to the music reaches the same levels. Probably much easier now Michael Jackson has gone... Thank you Steve, and the signed photo you sent me for my 21st birthday has never sat prouder on my office desk. Peace.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

mbaldock.direct: Surely he is not 61

Birmingham Symphony Hall. These three words have taken on a new meaning since Saturday 24th November 2012. Part of an extensive venue more used to Tory boys than Crazy Ravers, more roundheads than Cavaliers, more conformists than Rebels. Then Steve came along. Being 26 years old, I have no frame of reference whatsoever for the period when The Human Menagerie or Psychomodo were released. But the relevance of such music in a time of the X-Factor and similar bulls**t has never been more pertinent. The rebellious notes, progressive tones and a maverick attitude to performance demonstrates what the world is missing musically, and what the world is craving right now. A sell out show with a rock band and orchestral ensemble sharing two classic 70s albums. Steve Brookstein, anyone? [A brief digression: rock bands based themselves on the 1950s blues bands which were the first to remove the whole concept of 'orchestra'. Rock bands were the ultimate middle finger to the classical movement. To see that hatred subside is beautiful in itself, and the way Steve Harley involved the orchestra and allowed them to shine was actually very different to other bands with the same concept. Last year's Deep Purple, and Metallica when trying the same thing always forced the orchestra to seem a little out of place before becoming a background hum. Not on Saturday though...] So we return to the gig, the beauty and passion evident in every song. True emotion from within, for the artist rather than the crowd (controversial point but let's go with it), which means you find the artist at his most pure, ethereal and at his peak. Those who were there understand that words do not do justice what the gig managed to achieve. At my age, I feel a fraud for even writing about it. Those who had grown up listening to the band, I envy. I don't envy their lack of hearing from attending far too many concerts however :-p. The gig was perfection. Every single musician shone. Every single song too

Thursday, 29 November 2012

ray scott: A missed opportunity

Read a review of Symphony Hall, kicking myself, been asleep at the wheel...unaware a tour was underway. We'll get to some gig, but that one sounds like a one-off. I first picked up the music as an unexpected side effect of a nerdy activity. I liked Mr Soft which was current at the time. I was building an amplifier from scratch as a project as a 14 year old, partly to please my dad who was an engineer (and is no longer with us so I can say that now). I needed some music to play to test the system - which kept burning out, I never did get it right - so I listened to it over and over. But never more than 50 seconds at a time. Anyway, bought an album to play as background while I tried to fix it, and then another... and so it goes.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

esilanna: Birmingham

Now 49, I first discovered Steve Harley when at the age of 11 I had to complete a school project on music. My peers chose Bay City Rollers and The Osmonds.... My music teacher looked bemused when my choice was Cockney Rebel. Grew up lost in Sebastian and so this concert was especially poignant - loved it. My favourite song of all time Timeless Flight / All the Men are Hungry Thank you Steve - have followed you watching shows at the Brook, Southampton and Shepherds Bush and Bristol.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Stefanie: I also say

Hi, dear Deb! Hello, Ruud! Just to say SORRY, folks, because I misunderstood you, Ruud, about the party at the "Brasshouse" and to Deb, that we went seperate ways after the concert. I got to know about the "Brasshouse" after I had left Birmingham, honestly. That's why, Ruud, I offered you some pounds, in case we would not have seen each other after the show. Well, I hope for a good and quick opportunity to return the benefits you gave me that night. THANKS a lot, Stefanie

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Kev: Thanks

What a Show! Love Kev&Maveoxo

Thursday, 29 November 2012

bright spark: symphony hall

Steve,thanx for an unforgetable saturday night.So many magical moments,that have already been mentioned.But i would like to add just one more little nugget,Andrew Powells "QUIET PLEASE,FROM THE TOP",stupendous. live cd,dvd,Albert hall,pleeeeease.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Ziggy Starstruck: A. Hall

Did someone mention Albert Hall, what a lovely chap! Sure he'd welcome you with open arms and a heart filled to bursting with joy!

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

MarkAOwen: What a great night

Wow what a gig, took me back to the 70's when i saw Cockney Rebel at the Bristol Colston hall. Long hair head full of big ideas and the world at my feet , now 52 still got my hair but more importantly can still go and see Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel touring! 3rd time we have seen Steve in the past 2years and every time is a sheer joy! As soon as tour dates come out for 2013', will b planning the next gig, the young aspiring artist of today should take note of how a true artist does it, and needs to look no further than the ever impressive Steve Harley. Have a great Christmas and looking forward to seeing you in 2013.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

jgmoriarty@gmail.com: Taken back to my youth

You are now fully entitled to sit back and grin smugly. A superb performance and it certainly took me back to my youth. I have let you music sit idly by for a few years for which I apologise to myself! A great performance and also very moving. I shall be an avid fan again - as I was when I first saw you in Hammersmith Odeon. Thank you

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

theoflyguy: Symphony Hall

Proud browed he sat in his bowler hat Basked in the sun of the musical one....

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

RachelPAtoSH: RAH

Please note: I have only said we "taling about the Royal Albert Hall" - nothing has been settled, not by a long chalk!!

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

carolc57: birmingham

what a fantastic night! everything about it was just brilliant - can't even pick a favourite song, it was just all so great! It was like waiting all year for Christmas then when it arrives it's magical, but over far too quickly!

Monday, 26 November 2012

jan47: Royal Albert Hall

WOW !! Soooo excited to hear about Manchester and the Royal Albert Hall. Looking forward to the CD (and possible DVD) too as a permanent reminder of that night, although the memory will live forever... Thanks again to all involved.

Monday, 26 November 2012

StefanieR: My mother said ....

My mother (aged 85) said before I departed for GB, she likes your music, Steve, and she hates a certain other British singer whose name I am not going to mention here. She did say that, honestly. Best, Stefanie

Monday, 26 November 2012

StefanieR: BRAVO BRAVISSIMO

THANKS for the GRAND event in Brum! And I mean the whole evening. Nothing more to add .... except - WOW, what an experience! Yours sincerely, Stefanie

Monday, 26 November 2012

carlo: my dream is real now

thank you very much for this fantastic concert .it was a big pleasure after 39 years to see you again Steve.My husband and i will never forget that wonderful evening.Now back in Switzerland, i know that my dream is real now.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Pandorah: saturday night

Sometimes one can just be lost for words! And in those quite moments nothing comes close to the beauty of God given treasures... On this dull cold wet November day I’m still recovering! Still got sparks igniting and shooting around my every fibre, just recalling! Nothing comes close to compare such a display of this lifelong passion. After all these years. So spectacular. Mere words cannot express the level of elation in that symphony Hall Saturday night. Historic or what? Just amazing! Left with a pure clarity of sound and vision. Permeated. Ultimate masters of performance soaked us with the music of the night. Steve Harley sure graced the Symphony Hall with enigmatic wonder and magnitude. Just awesome. Stunning far beyond any expectations. One can surely be forgiven for being locked in time! So deserved that overwhelming Standing ovation! Well done to all who made it all happen, but ultimately to Steve Harley for staying Y-our Way! Unforgettable. Thank You. Oh last but not least! Just for the record! Steve Norman. Just can’t get his outstanding passion out of my head either! Such a natural.

Monday, 26 November 2012

gjarman: Graham

As everyone has said what a fantastic gig, the addition of the orchestra and choir was a masterstroke. I'd seen Steve at the Symphony Hall before and although good it wasn't anywhere near as charged as Saturday. There were too many highlights too mention but I still have a love for Crazy Raver after 40 years of following such a wonderful artist. Barry is a magician with both violin and Mandolin - loved it!

Monday, 26 November 2012

Tracy Snowdon: Mrs

what a fantastic night at the Symphony Hall on Saturday. Amazing the standing ovation that was given even before a note was played and then at the end when everyone in unison was singing Steve's anthem. It was magical. Have been a fan for many years, but only saw him for the first time in concert 5 years ago and since then have seen him 6 times and had the pleasure of meeting him after one of his concerts in Chatham last year and it was such an amazing experience. Thank you for another great night.

Monday, 26 November 2012

madmoonlighter: Alan E

First Concert Glagow Appollo. Travelled down from Paisley,This was spectacular !the whole orchestra and band blended and played beautifully.Harley smashed it and deserves some well earned recognition.My partner even got to hear 'coast of amalfi' in the Brasshouse at the pre concert build up. What about Glasgow Concert hall for the next one Mr H! Look forward to Oran Mor, the advert says first date sold out due to 'PHENOMONAL demand'

Monday, 26 November 2012

nobby51: brum 24th nov

my first concert was hammersmith 1978 great then been to many many more since and birmingham sat night topped it awesome got at least two more concerts this year buxton booked for next year my life just cannot be better well done steve you never let us down on the eighth day god created steve harley

Sunday, 25 November 2012

neil1: 24/1/12

if the previous fans message refers to me (disclosed during a smoke at the break)yes I am proud to admit my tears during Sebastian. The show was for me a reminder of how lucky I have been to have such a great musical background running behind my life. Incredible show. If Terry Hall is reading this, good to bump into you and yep I did enjoy it.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

smile1975: Once in a lifetime

I have attended many first class concerts of great bands. But November 24 this year was the highlight of all. It was highest quality, a fantastic performance. Thanks so much to Steve Harley. Thanks so much to the band, to the fabulous orchestra and choir, to Andrew Powell who knew how to do it, to Steve Norman who obviously had a lot of fun to be a Rebel that night and to the Lartey sisters. Thanks to the excellent, respectful audience. It was a great pleasure for the four of us who came from Germany to be with you rebel freaks.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

joanna: BIRMINGHAM .......hey

Steve YOU DID IT.... Now sit back and SMILE that smile xx Jo

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Leonacht: Message to all

It is very easy to make people envious & jealous !!!! Even without all this comments..... We realise... We missed the chance of our lives ; unless.... Steve will plan another one as for himself as for the ' lost one's ' . Leo for L&S

Sunday, 25 November 2012

dave e: Symphony Hall

What a fantastic night - the band, the orchestra, the choir and the venue! How unbelievable to hear these songs from your childhood reproduced so superbly! I only hope a memento (either DVD or CD or both!) is released. Death Trip, Sebastian and Ritz were brilliant and Black Or White was a great surprise. The only downside were the two idiots next to me who arrived late stinking of drink, chatted, read their Iphone, clapped mid song, played air violin(!) then decided to stand and dance ignoring people behind who couldn't see. Still a few choice words from me soon shut them up!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

stewart g: Symphony Hall

It was an amazing show and a delight to be there.I loved every second of it,from Robbie's subtle guitar intro on Hideaway to the joy of hearing the crowd close the show with " Oh dear look what they've done to the Blues,Blues,Blues".Everything worked so well in between ( Stranger Comes To Town was a revalation ) and with so much class! The show of my musical lifetime.Thanks to all the cast and players- you all played a blinder boys and girls! You fully deserved the standing ovation before even a note had been played.The BEST band in the world,indeed!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

cockneyr3bel: birmingham symphony hall

AMAZING-AWESOME-BRILLIANT-FANTASTIC I cant find enough words,Death Trip,Black or WHITE,Bed in the Corner.Stranger was such a surprise and so moving.Please Steve do it again.Now looking forward to Milton Keynes and Cambridge-Happy Days !!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

flying teach: Birmingham Symphony Hall

Fabulous night with great favorites. For me Sebastian had it all, partner and I were in tears at the intensity. Been going to the concerts now for years, Buxton , Holmfirth etc, but this was different with the full orchestra and choir, so versatile but still magic and long may it continue. Thank you Steve .

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Graeme: Birmingham Symphony Hall

"As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes. And as poetry is a rise above prose and oratory, so is music the exaltation of poetry." (Henry Purcell) That, for me, was last night's triumphant Birmingham Symphony Hall gig in a nutshell. A night that saw Steve, band, guests, orchestra and choir perform in total and joyful harmony. And can I add that the inclusion of Steve Norman was a masterstroke. Not only is he obviously a Harley fan and an excellent musician but the enthusiasm and joy he displayed on stage was a joy to behold.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Let4d: Birmingham Synmphony Hall

What can I add, only delighted to have been part of this historic in my eyes, event after 40 years of following SH & CR since the 1973 Liverpool Stadium (& When he fell off stage at Liverpool Empire )and all SH concerts in the N.W since this has been the cherry on the cake superlatives cannot describe. Thank you SH & CR the Swan Orchestra and Choir and the lovely Lartey Sisters you have made us all so proud of SH He has fulfilled his dream, great venue, seats and fans. I noticed Cameras!! will a DVD be following shortly I certainly hope so. SH for a knighthood for service to Music !!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

jollyroger: Faultless

The lighting, the sound, the arrangements, the passion of a Master at work, all made this a great event, memorable for many reasons. How does a performer at that leve; in such a space, suddenly go into a trance (seemingly) and once out of it, instruct two of his players to break into an unlisted song? magnficent talent, Mr Harly! Stranger Comes To Town, all right... and the chap who had promlems with the vooice sound might consider (and I suggest this with absolute respect, because I've been through this and many musicians do) an ear cleansing from his HGP's nurse. It works painlessly and makes an unbelieveable differene. No offence intended, I promise. Mr Harley, you really do deserve a good rest and a smug smile after pulling that off last night. Faultless.Thank you. And congratulations.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Ziggy Starstruck: Saturday night at the fair!

Wow, just wow. Oh all right, some more then. Steve thank you for a fantastic Saturday evening in Brum. The band were, as always, superb. Steve Normans' saxophone fitted right in there. Thank you for slipping in a new song, especially as it was me who shouted "Go on then!",( I feel a bit embarrassed now in the cold, clear light of day ) Aah 'twas a heady evening , couldn't help my self. You were on brilliant form, top of your game, well played son! Loved every moment. Same place next year?

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Charmpri: BSH

A superb evening of classic music. My personal highlight was Cavaliers. I spoke to one bloke who goes to see SH every year and He was embarrassed because he was crying during Sebastian. That's the power of great music beautifully delivered. My fellow attendees loved the gig even without MMS so all in all a top evening.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

suehewitt: Birmingham

What a brilliant night. Thankyou Steve. 'Death trip' has never been one of my favourite tracks on the album but it was certainly the highlight of the night for me. Certainly worth the wait. x

Sunday, 25 November 2012

SteveB. Leicester: Birmingham Symphony Hall

Just one word "AWESOME" Steve we need more nights like this it was superb,the orchestra and choir were a brilliant addition. Thanks for the best night out i've had for a while.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

jgmoriarty@gmail.com: Canada Steve Harley fans

Saw Steve - Best Years of our Lives, Beck Theatre, Hayes and now Brum. Superb. However I wanted to say a big thank you to marianne langlais (Canada) who responded to my request for two tickets after the show had been sold out. She sent the tickets and I have yet to pay her the money. What a top SH fan! Money on it's way along with a present. Steve - please do this again!!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Kath Tyler: Birmingham

Thank you Steve for a brilliant night. How can a gig with band, full orchestra and choir be so intimate......but it was! Loved every minute of it, know steve did too. You could tell. I hope that it won't be a one off, we need more shows like this please Steve, there aren't enough superlatives to describe the show, if you missed it then you missed one heck of a show. From where I sat it sounded and looked terrific but then that is the genius that is Steve Harley. A big thank you, best night out I've had in a long time.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

PeteB: Symphony Hall

One of those fans of forty years, who stayed with Steve through the eighties, seen him many many times and spent many of those forty years waiting to hear that set list. Not the £37.50 ticket referred to by Steve but just under £200 on ebay. Going to a fantastic venue, which I have been to many times before, with a superb orchestra and choir, awesome orchestral arrangement and Steve singing his heart out. Unfortunately, the night was spoilt by the engineers producing probably the worst vocal mix I have ever heard from Steve. I had decent seats but spent most of the time struggling to make out the words to songs I know word perfect. My other half, who is not he fan I am, could only make out the words when Steve was not being backed by he full musical arrangement, which I must say was superb. Disappointed? No, I'm gutted. Steve gave it his all and was let down by poor sound engineers who let his vocals become muddy and somewhat overpowered by the musical backing. On the plus side, Steve is a prolific tourer, so there will be many more opportunities to see him.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

sparrow: Birmingham 24/11/12

Just back and still buzzing. My first gig was Farfield Hall way back when and I have waited almost 40 years for this and was not dissappointed!!! Both albums as fresh today as when they first appeared. Got my wish when Black or White was played. Such an underrated and underplayed song. A magic evening Roll on the DVD. This is one sparrow that doesn't have a broken wing or feel blue. Thanks to everyone for a BRILLIANT night

Saturday, 24 November 2012

jan47: Symphony Hall

Steve- that was the most FANTASTIC evening's performance- we could see how much it meant to you. Thank you.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

surfqueen: tonights the night

Tonights the night! Good luck and best wishes to Steve and everyone involved for what will be a trually memorable night best wishes angela

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Stella Day: So Excited!

I had bad dreams all night about missing trains, not being booked at a hotel etc. Just packing now. See you there.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

rozzybabe: roz price

we have one ticket for sale for saturday as one of our friends cant make it. The seat is on the right of the stage on the lower tier row a. 43.50 Let us know if anyone interested

Friday, 23 November 2012

Doelfi: Doelfi

Steve wir kommen, der Flieger geht gleich ab Düsseldorf wir Freunden uns riesig auf morgen 4 Fans aus dem Münsterland

Friday, 23 November 2012

jackpot1: Cool!

Nice one, olsch455. See yer there!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

olsch455: Angekommen

Nach langer Fahrt mit Auto und Schiff bin ich heute in Birmingham angekommen. Etwas viel Wind und Regen haben mich auf der Insel empfangen. Aber für Morgen ist schönes Wetter angesagt. Werde den Tag in der Stadt genießen. Ablenkung ist auch nötig, denn ich kann den Samstag in der SymphonieHall kaum erwarten. Also, bis dahin.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

RachelPAtoSH: BSH Seats

New seats released. See Forum - on-sale on-line at at Box Office

Thursday, 22 November 2012

 

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